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Okanagan Nation Declaration
We, the Okanagan Nation make this declaration today as a sign for every generation to come, Therefore we herby declare that:
We are the unconquered aboriginal peoples of this land our mother; The creator has given us our mother, to enjoy, to manage and to protect; We the first inhabitants, have lived with our mother from time immemorial; Our Okanagan Governments have allowed us to share equally in the resources of our mother; We have never given up our rights to our mother, our mother's resources, our governments, our religion; We will survive and continue to govern our mother and her resources for the good of all for all time.

ONA_Who We Are

Since time immemorial, the history of the Okanagan began, long before the arrival of the Europeans. We are the Syilx-speaking people – the original inhabitants of a vast and beautiful territory that encompasses forests, grasslands, lakes and desert. For thousands of years, the Okanagan people were self-reliant and well provided for through their own ingenuity and use of the land and nature. We lived united as a nation with a whole economy, travelling the breadth and depth of our territory, hunting and fishing, growing and harvesting, crafting and trading to meet our needs.

  • Signs of Safety

    WFN Elders Hall
    Monday, June 15, 2015 - Tuesday, June 16, 2015
    All day

    June 15 & 16, 2015

    WFN Elders, Hall Westbank BC

    9 am – 4pm

    The Signs of Safety is an innovative strengths-based, safety-organized approach to child protection casework. The model of its approach was created in Western Australia by Andrew…

  • Creative Facilitation

    Thursday, June 18, 2015 - Friday, June 19, 2015
    All day

    Thursday June 18, 2015 – Friday June 19, 2015

    9 am – 4:30 pm at the WFN Elders Hall in Westbank

    Facilitated by IndigenEYEZ

    This training was developed for teachers, counsellors, health promotion specialists, social service providers and youth workers…

  • 2015 Annual General Assembly

    Outma Squilx’w Cultural School - Penticton, BC
    Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - Thursday, July 23, 2015
    All day

    Nhailsentem i? Smamim?tet

    “Honoring Our Women”


    July 22 -23, 2015

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  • MEDIA RELEASE Sockeye Fry Release



    On May 20th, 2015, members of the Okanagan Nation and surrounding schools will come together to partake in a ceremony, so the Kł cp̓əlk̓ stim̓  will continue to take place, and the sockeye will always return…

  • En’owkin Centre National Aboriginal Professional Artist Training Program Call for Artist Portfolios


    This two year certi­ficate program includes storytelling, performance arts, media arts, painting, sculpture, installation art and marketing. The focus of the National Aboriginal Professional Artist Training Program (NAPAT) is to protect and preserve Indigenous world-view and…

  • Cultural Safety Symposium

    Okanagan Approaches to Cultural Safety Promoting Well-Being for All

    Thursday May 28, 2015

    9 am – 4:30 pm

    University Centre Ballroom (UNC 200) UBC Okanagan

    • Cultural safety presentations
    • Facilitated small group discussions
    • Booths with cultural safety tools and curriculum